jenn jay tales

Jennifer Johnston shares her travel tales; life adventures; observations, photos and random thoughts

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Japan – finally!

My next adventure with two of my lads awaits! Japan. Read about the motivations for this journey on my travel blog.  And how I’m about to swap the heat and humidity for the cold and some snow.


Snow monkeys will be seeing you soon

Snow monkeys will be seeing you soon


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Vietnam – a Saigon highlight

Saigon provided an interesting food experience – read about it here – Cuc Gach Quan


The most incredible Tofu at Cuch Gach Quan

The most incredible Tofu at Cuch Gach Quan



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Travel to Hong Kong

If you know me – you know I love Hong Kong! Please find a link to my travel blog with a recently published story on my exploring the back streets of Hong Kong Island. Hong Kong Happy New Year

The "wet" markets near Central

The “wet” markets near Central



Hong Kong – is my addiction

I entered a travel competition a few months ago – had to write 1,000 words on somewhere you have been inspired to visit – without regrets. Hong Kong fitted me!  And there will be a few more stories about my travels to Hong Kong and surrounding territories. Thanks to Lisa and her hard working team @ We Said Go for publishing – they have some great travel stories from writers around the globe on their facebook page.

Check out my story:


Hong Kong Island – street markets in Central


Man Mo Temple – Hong Kong Island – smoky incense filled interior


Lantau Island sunset


Some very simple Hawaiian delights

A couple of my Hawaii favourites

A sample of the simple and inexpensive, delightful highlights of my (recent) time in Hawaii.

If  you have not (yet) seen my instagram photos of the “that’s gold moment when I discovered these local pineapples – I am posting for posterity – the Maui Gold pineapples – as the MOST DELICIOUS pineapples I have ever tasted and this is coming from a Queenslander, (for international readers, Queensland is known as the “pineapple” state).  My boys became tired of my exclamations of delight – every time I cut up another of those gold jems.  Unless you have tasted one, I guess you will never know ………..

Pineapples - worth the trip to Hawaii

Maui Golds – what can I say?


mmmmm, best car snack

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Hawaii – with three boys (relaxing holiday? not quite)

Hawaii – relax – I wish!


Yesterday was a 9.5 hour flight from Honolulu into Brissy around 4pm – we lost most of our Wednesday night and Thursday (which totally confused the boys) but after a solid night’s sleep I am feeling rested and now enjoying a beautiful Friday – ANZAC day a very special day of rememberance here in Australia.

I survived – 5 days on Maui and 7 on Oahu – and there are stories to come!  I was thinking (optimistically) I would have time to write a few blog posts when over there – but noooooo – too busy checking out the sights and stopping the fights among my delightful three sons!  Oh and slipping in a few quiet moments with the occasional glass of wine and a couple of pages of my book – there was some relaxation.

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yes – we all loved Waikiki!

Mahalo Hawaii – thanks for all we enjoyed and wishing there was more time to do what we didn’t get to see!